Viewing and Discussion: Force Majeure

  • May 1, 2015
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Instructor:  Biljana Cvejin

The Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s brilliant and disconcerting Force Majeure follows in the footsteps of Bergman’s ’70s classic Scenes from a Marriage, and the revolutionary playwright Henrik Ibsen before him.

“Force majeure” is a legal term, signifying the kind of extraordinary and unavoidable event, such as a war or a natural disaster, which might void or suspend a contract.  The force majeure that pries open the facade of the marriage of the couple in this film is a slow, subtle tension.  Initially, this tension is between the immature masculine and feminine.

As we witness the implosion of their marriage, Ostlund presents a complicated and compelling portrait of twisted contemporary gender roles.  Through a series of tense switchbacks, along with the director’s abundant craft in masterfully composed shots and increasingly loaded conversations, Ostlund’s film ends with a daring, enigmatic conclusion.  This film offers a surprisingly optimistic prognosis as we observe the maturation and empowerment of the feminine to help give the force of the masculine more of a purpose and direction.

About the Instructor
Biljana Cvejin, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her graduate training at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. After that graduate program several of her friends went on to become Jungian analysts. This then drew her to learn about Jung. Consequently, interpreting the world through Jungian lenses is now second nature. After years of conducting a private practice, she now incorporates this perspective in her work with Veterans.

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